Friday, 16 May 2014

Ramsgate Royal Victoria Pavillion Consultation Ends at Midnight Tonight.

In order to take part in this consultation you need to email your views to consultation@thanet.gov.uk before midnight tonight there is a page giving instruction on the council’s website at http://thanet.gov.uk/the-thanet-magazine/news-articles/2014/april/royal-victoria-pavilion/

I have just sent them the email below: 

“I am responding to the consultation about Ramsgate’s Royal Victoria Pavillion and the council’s assistance in the matter of creating the largest pub in Europe in what is the last large vacant and prominent council owned building in Ramsgate.

My view is that the council should take back the lease from The Rank Organisation and seek grant funding to return the building to a public building and leisure venue.

This is partly about fairness between the two main seaside leisure towns of Margate and Ramsgate while TDC is funding The Theatre Royal and The Winter Gardens in Margate and has managed to secure grant funding to refurbish Dreamland also in Margate, Ramsgate seems to be the poor relation.

In Ramsgate we are lacking in leisure facilities to entertain people and attract visitors and have no shortage of either pubs or the associated antisocial behaviour.

My feelings are that in the first instance the finish date for this consultation should be extended while the changes to the leadership of the council have had a chance to settle and that the consultation should be given a higher profile.

It should for instance be include in the council’s list of consultations http://thanet.gov.uk/the-thanet-magazine/get-involved/ and I think those who are trying to run business in the town, both those running the existing pubs and those who will have to deal with antisocial behaviour that is likely to be associated with trying to trade in a town noted for having the largest pub in Europe, should be directly consulted too.

I also feel that the council's consultation should present all and any alternatives and not just ask residents to comment on one plan, as though the decision had already been made and responding to the consultation is therefore a pointless exercise.”

The picture at the top of the post is one I took when I went to look inside the Pavillion, here are the links to the rest of the pictures


1 comment:

  1. A fair summary Michael. TDC are pushing Wetherspoon as a fait accompli which is completly against both the Localism Act and any consultation.

    This is a deeply flawed if not simply illegal consultation and should be thrown in the bin. TDC yet again wasting the public's time for a shitty pub-shed. No.

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